Jerry Lee Lewis

Boogie Woogie Country Man

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This album presents Jerry Lee Lewis in a surprisingly laid-back mode, doing ballads and gospel in what, for him, is almost a reflective manner. Some of the songs are downright cautionary, and he is amazingly effective on songs such as "Jesus Is on the Mainline." He saves what fireworks there are for the title track that closes the album, but along the way are enough surprises -- and enough good playing, with a band that includes Tommy Allsup and Pete Drake -- to keep everything rolling along and real interesting, if not always exciting.

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